A man is accused of trying to bite a flight attendant before jumping out of a plane onto the tarmac at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport on Thursday.
According to a federal complaint, 22-year-old Tun Lon Sein was on an American Airlines flight when he attempted to bite a flight attendant, opened the exit door and jumped onto an active ramp. According to WCNC, the document stated Sein refused to return to his seat and attempted to bite the flight attendant’s hand in order to reach the door.
When Sein jumped down to the tarmac below, two employees working on the tarmac stopped him from running onto an active taxiway, according to ABC News. From there, the man was transported to a medical facility.
“Sein spoke little or no English during these events,” the document stated,”However, circumstances surrounding his actions show that Sein understood the directions of the F/A, as well as the safety requirements of commercial air travel.”
Sein is facing one federal charge of interference with flight crew members and attendants. A judge said in court Friday morning that Sein violated Title 49, United States Code, and “shall be fined under title 18, imprisoned for not more than 20 years, or both.”
[Photo courtesy of Mecklenberg County Sheriff's Office]
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